I often meet parents and grandparents at school events and tours who make comments such as, “I wish I was going through school today”. There is no doubt that the opportunities that are available to our students provide for new and different types of learning that were not available to previous generations.
Our attitude to education is one that acknowledges our responsibility to extend beyond the core curriculum and to provide a wide range of life experiences that foster the development of key inter-personal skills, emotional intelligence, healthy minds and bodies and feed our students’ passions.
Whilst I am sure that our students take the breadth of opportunities for granted, I think it is worth acknowledging the variety of holistic development activities on offer. In the past weeks the combination of intellectual, sporting, adventure, artistic, leadership and social development offerings have been immense.
We recently hosted our Snow Camp that saw 24 Years 6-10 participants developing their skiing and snowboarding skills at Mt Buller. Our students also performed admirably in the Jewish Interschool Snowsports competition.
Our Year 9 students are currently in the Grampians on their two week New Horizons Camp. This sees them exploring the incredible terrain, hiking, visiting local rural enterprises, enjoying meaningful Shabbat experiences and bonding as a group.
This week our Years 3-5 starred in the inaugural theatre production, Fertummelt Fairy Tales. This has been performed to rave reviews and has been a glorious opportunity to develop courage, teamwork and confidence. At the same time rehearsals are in full swing for our Yrs 6-8 musical Shrek Jr which will be staged in September. In additional performing arts events, the largest ever contingent from King David performed in the B’nei B’rith Music Eisteddford heats and our students are in thorough preparation mode for the upcoming soirees.
Our Jewish Life offerings have been boosted with the arrival of the Zionist Madrichim (youth leaders) from Israel. They have already visited Yr 9 Camp where they brought some great enthusiasm and engagement. They will be running Yamei Yisrael (Israel Days) for Years 6-12 in the coming month and will also be accompanying Yr 10 on their upcoming Camp.
Additionally, our Pre-Kinder and Kindergartens will be hosting Grandparents and Special Friends’ Shabbat services as an opportunity to demonstrate their burgeoning Jewish knowledge and emerging identities.
We were thrilled to host 83 current and prospective Yr 5 students at our recent Yr 7 (2019) Connect Day. The day was a great opportunity to forge relationships and to showcase the rich learning opportunities which are available in the Senior School.
Our Prep to Yr 5 students have been engaged in developing collaborative art works which will be a key part of the upcoming ART KDS event. The School performed admirably in the recent B’nei B’rith Jewish Youth Art Competition taking out many of the awards and commendations.
Our Senior Boys Soccer team have just qualified for the EISM Grand Final which will be held in the coming week.
In terms of leadership development opportunities our Yr 11s have been engaged in pre-captain leadership training and our Youth in Philanthropy group have attended presentations from various charities and will be deciding how to invest a pool of money for donation.
Finally, a group of Years 7-8 students have been involved in the upcoming Tournament of the Minds competition and Years 9-12 in the United Nations Evatt Trophy competition. Both of these events are designed to extend students’ thinking and strategy outside of their regular classroom applications.
Reading this list one quickly realises that in a typical period in the life of our students there are so many incredible opportunities to stretch their skills, capacities and character in myriad ways. The rich and vast program of co-curricular offerings ensures that all students can broaden their horizons and tap into experiences that help shape them in positive ways.